Internet on Airplanes

Our lives are connected today to the virtual world 24/7. There is barely a moment when our cell phones don’t buzz with one notification or the other. Should a break from the internet be welcome when we take a flight from one destination to the other?

The Need to Stay Connected

%d0%ba%d0%b5165The airline industry is a tough one. Competition is cutthroat, with the budget players always taking on the big guns. Flyers have a variety of options to choose from, and at the end of the day, internet connectivity may just be the deciding factor.

One of the reasons why Wi-Fi on flights has become a talking point is that people don’t want to take a break from regular habits when flying. For instance, you can sip on a coffee in Starbucks and still stay connected. Then why should taking a flight be any different? That is the question asked by many frequent flyers. The airlines have responded by introducing internet connectivity.

How to Connect

%d0%ba%d0%b5166There are a couple of options depending on the airline you choose. If a flight offers free Wi-Fi, then all you need to do is turn on your phone and connect to the flight’s internet. If the flight charges to use the internet, then you may be better off using the ‘GSM’ option where your phone uses the regular network and you incur roaming charges.

Wi-Fi on a flight may sound cool, but it has some way to go before it can replicate the speed and stability of the services at ground level.

One for the Future

The number of airlines offering Wi-Fi is on the rise. There are, however, a few stumbling blocks that need to be overcome. Once those issues are addressed, flyers can look forward to free Wi-Fi no matter where they travel.